…Says Damaging Effects Of Poor Attitudes Too Terrible To Ignore
By Gift Samuel, Abuja
In the face of eroding value system, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency(NOA), Dr Garba Abari has declared that failure to concomitantly address the issues of failing values among Nigerian youths will amount to huge error.
The NOA DG who made the declaration on Tuesday at a value orientation programme for secondary School youths in Abuja, stressed that Nigeria cannot afford to be unconcerned with the values imbibed and the attitudes exhibited by its vast youth population.
While noting that the damaging effects of poor attitudes among youths of today on the society are too terrible to be ignored,he emphasized that the time has come for Nigerian youths to take up the challenge of rightly deploying their talents and strengths towards quality national development.
According to him, “NOA as the conscience of the nation, is responding promptly to the demands of the time by engaging Nigerian youths, one youth at a time, using various platforms to bring about a youth attitudinal reorientation for a better Nigeria.This is the flag off, we want to take this programme to states and even to the local government where it matters most”.
He called on parents and guardians to wake up to their responsibility of laying a sound foundation for the socialization of young persons in Nigeria, adding that the Nigerian family must therefore get its act together in the area of value inculcation.
Earlier, the Director, Political, Civics, Ethics and Values ,NOA, Mrs.Ngozi Ekeoba noted that with young people below the age of 35 making up over 60 percent of Nigeria’s population, there is a need for positive attitudinal change among the critical mass as they impact significantly on the overall attitude and outlook of the nation.
She urged the youths to imbibe positive values and to espouse same to their peers as well as become lord over their thoughts and actions by channeling their energy to embrace change.
In her presentation, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa noted that the youths are not the problem rather, the value system have gone down over the years, adding that it is important to train a child to be happy.
She stated that leadership has been the nation’s problems over the years, saying that the time has come to hold leaders responsible and accountable by collectively making the fight against corruption a national fight in order to secure the future of the children.
The Value Orientation Programme with the theme, “We Embrace Change” brought together students from different schools in the Federal Capital Territory.